Saturday 27 December 2014

What it says in the papers

Published 20/02/2014 | 06:45

Irish Independent's front page, February 20, 2014

Dominating the papers today are: Justice Minister Alan Shatter... Majella O'Donnell who has undergone a double mastectomy... and RTE news anchor Sharon ni Bheolain...

1. The Irish Independent leads with the story that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been dragged into a new Garda controversy after being passed a dossier of 10 cases of alleged mismanagement in the force, some involving "abduction assault and murder". The ongoing focus on garda accountability took a fresh twist as Justice Minister Alan Shatter sacked the special confidante whose role was to receive allegations of wrongdoing from gardai.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy has described his late father as a "thug and bully" as he recalled growing up with domestic abuse in his home.

And in other news, a dramatic garda chase through Dublin city involving a stolen van ended with three people hurt and up to 10 cars damaged.

2. The Herald reveals that Sharon Ni Bheolain suffered a six-month ordeal at the hands of a sick stalker. The RTE newsreader remains very upset by the series of threatening emails and letters which were sent to her.

3. The Irish Daily Mirror profiles Majella O'Donnelll, wife of singer Daniel O'Donnell and her batter with cancer. Yesterday, a smiling Majella, 53, posted her first photo online - five days after she had a double mastectomy.

4. The Irish Sun leads with the story of six-day old Eliza-Mae who was mauled to death on Tuesday in Pontyberem, Wales. Her parents Sharon John and Patric Mullane said losing their daughter cast a "horrible shadow".

5. The Irish Daily Mail says there was a blitz of calls for Alan Shatter to be removed from his post as Justice Minister last night with his position being described as "untenable". It was announced earlier yesterday that Mr Shatter had fired the Garda confidential recipient, Oliver Connolly.

6. The Irish Daily Star leads with the story on Sharon Ni Bheolain's stalker, saying that the 37-year-old stalker who was released by gardai last night, demanded that the presenter wear certain coloured clothes on TV.

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